2 Non-Executive Directors - Cidari Multi Academy Trust
LANCASHIRE AND WEST YORKSHIRE | BLACKBURN
Audit | CFO/Financial | Human Resources | Legal/Compliance
Deadline date: 26th June 2020
Cidari Multi Academy Trust seeks to recruit two new non-executive directors, with experience in legal or financial management, to the board. The trust was established in November 2013 and is part of the Blackburn Diocese; it comprises nine schools including nursey, primary and secondary schools. Board meetings are held at the Trust Central Offices in Blackburn Lancashire. Applicants of all faiths and of none are welcome to apply.
About the trust
Cidari academies are located in Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire, as a result a significant number of pupils (60%) qualify for the Pupil Premium.
Across its nine schools, the trust serves around 2,850 pupils. It has 350 staff and a budget of £16 million.
Plans for the future
Three key challenges for the trust over the next 12-24 months are:
- To continue to improve core outcomes at KS1, KS2 and KS4
- To grow by two or three academies over the next two academic years.
- To maintain the good financial health of the MAT.
In the long term, as a well-established MAT, Cidari feels it is ready to support schools that may experience challenging circumstances. The trust is well equipped to welcome good schools who seek to join a collaborative, outward facing and altruistic family of academies.
Trust ethos & values
"To provide high quality education for all children based on clearly established Christian values and principles."
The trust works closely and collaboratively with its schools and other partners to ensure that it offers a strong caring ethos and a clear moral purpose. It encourages all schools to see themselves as part of a family with a shared vision, identity and purpose whilst maintaining their individuality.
Cidari Education Trust is committed to achieving excellence in education and see it as the right of every child to achieve their full potential and to flourish academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.
The full mission statement is available here: https://www.cidarieducation.co.uk/about-us/mission-statement
Number of positions advertised: 2
Roles 1-2 – Trustee/Non-Executive Director
Trustees – or non-executive directors - are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The core functions of their role are: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the educational and financial performance of a charitable company funded by the public purse.
The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the trust in compliance with its charitable objects, company and charity law.
Non-executive directors will be responsible for maintaining stability and the management of a dynamic structure. The role also includes contributing to financial planning for sustainability and potential growth, and holding the CEO/CFO to account.
In the interests of safeguarding and in accordance with DfE requirements, all trustee appointments will be subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
Every trustee is expected to abide by the trust’s code of conduct and the seven principles of public life set out by Lord Nolan: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
The Competency Framework for Governance (DfE) 2017 details the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for effective governance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583733/Competency_framework_for_governance_.pdf
The strategic expertise required for this role includes:
- Essential (due to multiple roles, candidates may be accepted who possess one or more of the skills below)
- Legal/Compliance, or
- Qualified Accountant
- CFO/ Finance
- Corporate Governance
Role 1: The trust seeks an experienced professional with skills in the legal/compliance field. The ideal candidate will have a legal qualification, will help scrutinize the various aspects of compliance and provide broader understanding on the board of information given by its legal advisers when necessary.
Role 2: The successful candidate is likely to have specific skills related to the oversight of finance and have a strong record of accomplishment of impact within their own career. Ideally, the candidate will be a qualified accountant or a partner in an accountancy practice. They will add to the board where all are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the trust.
6-8 hours per month.
Location of board meetings and trust website
Cidari Education Ltd, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE
Under the umbrella of the Diocese of Blackburn, Cidari Education Ltd is governed through a Chair appointed by the Bishop of Blackburn and his senior Diocesan colleagues, a Board of Directors and Chief Executive.
Background on academy trusts
Academy schools, which are charities run independently of local authority control, now account for 74% of secondary schools and 31% of primaries – and their number is growing all the time.
Many of these schools are grouped together as multi-academy trusts (MATs). There are currently 832 multi academy trusts of 3+ schools. If the schools are to fulfil their potential, the trusts need non-executives (known in charity law as trustees) to bring a wide range of skills and experience to help guide strategy, ensure their ambitions can be soundly financed and keep their schools up to the mark delivering for their pupils.
“Boards must be ambitious for all children and young people and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focused on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination.”
Source: Governance Handbook, Department for Education (2019)
Trusteeship is a voluntary, unpaid role for people who have the energy and skills to make a real contribution to shaping the future of our schools. You do not need to have any specialist knowledge of education.
Academy Ambassadors is a non-profit programme which recruits senior business leaders and professionals as volunteer non-executive directors onto the boards of multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a short expression of interest detailing which role you are applying for to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: candidates should live within reasonable travelling distance of the trust and/or have a link with the region. For more information, please call 0207 952 8556 or visit www.academyambassadors.org.
We strongly recommend applying as early as you can to have the best possible chance of being considered as we may change the closing date if we have received sufficient applications. Applicants should be aware of the following key dates in the recruitment process.
Deadline for applications: Friday 26th June 2020